Community Listings for August 19-10

Eva Smith Bursary

Since 1985, The Eva Smith Bursary has provided financial aid for African Canadian students, the justice system and single parents.

To celebrate its 25th year of supporting youth, the Bursary is calling on all past committee members, volunteers, awardees, community service awardees and friends of Eva Smith to share their experiences.

The Bursary is also seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising, web design and public relations. High school, college and university students are welcome to volunteer.

For more information, call 416-755-8827 or visit

Cultural Jamboree

The inaugural African Canadian Cultural Jamboree will be held on Saturday, August 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the northwest parking lot of Yorkgate Mall, located at 1 Yorkgate Blvd., North York. All are invited to this family friendly event. The jamboree will be preceded by a parade beginning at 11 a.m. at Driftwood Community Centre, located at 4401 Jane Street, and will conclude at the Yorkgate Mall.

The event will feature Ghanaian chiefs and queens, arts and crafts, kente cloth, beauty supplies and food vendors.

For more information, call 416-739-6968 ext. 21, or 647-231-4483.

Youth Leaders Program

The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough is conducting registration for its “Youth Leaders Program” which is currently being held until Friday, August 27.

The program, held for youth between 14-16 years of age, has four themes: health, civics, world issues and art & technology. The program will include life skills, resume and interviewing techniques, workshops, volunteer hours and placement opportunities, along with guest speakers.

Registration is encouraged as quickly as possible due to limited capacity. The price of the program is $30 per week or $195 for the entire 8 weeks.

For more information, contact Monique Habbib or Doug Daly at 416-281-0262, extension 200, or via email at: or

Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day

Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day will be held on Saturday, August 28 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square-Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West (at Bay). All are invited to dance to the beat of Pablo Terry and Sol de Cuba, Los Clave Kings, and Sonido Cubano. The event will feature Cuban food, salsa lessons and more. Admission is free.

For more information, call 416-410-8254 or visit

Back to School BBQ

The Reachout Committee Annual Back to School Community BBQ will be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 at Lakefront Promenade Park, (located at Lakeshore East and Hampton), Mississauga. The event will feature free food, refreshments and back to school supplies.

For more information, call 416-571-9337.

Anniversary Service

The National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith International Centre of Canada will hold its 22nd anniversary service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 29 at 63 Mack Avenue, Unit 9 & 10. The service will be followed by a fundraising barbecue at 1 p.m. at the same location.

For more information, call 416-686-1433.

BBQ & Fish Fry

The Caribbean Chorale of Toronto BBQ & Fish Fry will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 29 at St. Michael’s the Archangel Anglican Church, 410 Goldhawk Trail, Scarborough.

For more information, call 416-528-8923 or 905-475-5603.

Jesus in the City Parade

The 11th annual Jesus in the City Parade will be held on Saturday, September 11, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Held to spread a message of love, joy, peace and hope among members of churches representing a variety of denominations and ethnic groups, the parade will feature live bands on floats, Biblical costumes and dancers. The parade will begin at Queen’s Park, and will proceed along Bloor St., Yonge St., College St. and return to Queen’s Park. Following the parade, a concert will be held in Queen’s Park.

For more information, call 416-497-1768 or email:

ACHA Registration

Registration for the African Canadian Heritage Association’s (ACHA) 2010-2011 program year will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 11 at Centennial College-Progress Campus, 941 Progress Avenue, in the student cafeteria. ACHA has been teaching family, community and heritage programming in Toronto’s Black community since 1969.

For more information call 416-208-3149, or visit

Visions of Science Contests

Visions of Science Network for Learning and the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its “IMAGINE” sci-fi/fantasy short story and art competition by holding a multicultural short story and art poster contest that’s open to youth from Grades 6-12. Contestants can write about any topic or theme. Submissions must be 1,600 words or less. The art poster contest will be open to students from Grades 9-12. The theme is “The Mask” The required poster size is 11″ x 17″. First prize is $200, $100 will be awarded to the second prize winner and third prize is $50.

In addition, an IMAGINE poster contest for Grade Five students will be held. Contestants can submit solo entries or team up in groups of up to three people. The theme is “How Alien Organs Work”, and the mandatory poster size is 11″ x 17″. Winners will receive Kisco Freezies popsicles. The deadline for all IMAGINE contests is October, 2010.

For more information, visit for contest rules and regulations.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is conducting a prenatal program called “Having a Baby, Becoming a Parent” at eight community locations across the city. The program is for women three to six months pregnant and will be held in a series of four evening sessions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New classes will begin every month. Partners are welcome to attend.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Black Youth Helpline

Black Youth Helpline, a registered charitable organization serving all youth, provides ongoing culturally appropriate professional assessments, support and guidance for youth with complex needs. The organization is focused on identifying, understanding and addressing the root causes of problems.

Strong emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of Black youth and their parents in a culturally appropriate manner.

To access the organization’s supports, youth, parents, schools and other youth-serving partners can contact the helpline at 416-285-9944 or by email at:

For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support to those affected by sickle cell and other red blood disorders. The SCAO is currently looking for volunteers with a range of skills and experience working with the community and managing funds for its Board of Directors.

Please apply in writing, with cover letter and curriculum vitae as soon as possible, to or 3199 Bathurst St., Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M6A 2B2.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is offering free prenatal classes for women three to six months pregnant, in a series of four evening sessions (from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at community locations throughout the city. Partners are welcome.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Cricket Club Practice Schedule

The North Star Cricket Club will hold indoor practices for youths ages 17 and under every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 130 Melford Drive, Unit #5 (Corner of Markham Rd./Finch Ave.)

For more information, call 416-556-5684, or email:

Young Mothers Group

The Brampton West-Mississauga Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) invites young mothers (up to age 22 with a child or children up to age 6) to join its Young Moms Group. The group provides young mothers and their children with the opportunity to participate in various activities, play games, network and have fun. Meetings are held every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the OEYC, located at 57 Mill Street North, Unit 105. Snacks and one bus ticket per person are provided.

For more information, call 905-452-1973.

Volunteers Needed

ESS Support Services needs volunteers to help in the Adult Day Services program that runs Monday to Saturday. If you are available once a week from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. become a volunteer who assists with meals, crafts, games and exercises. A more flexible schedule is also available as Volunteer Driver to help get seniors around.

Please call 416-255-5969 or visit, to volunteer.

African Canadian Mental Health Support

The Krasman Centre, a community mental health organization serving York Region and South Simcoe, runs a support group every second Thursday for African-Canadians who live with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issue. No fees are required for any of the services provided. The Krasman Centre is located at 10121 Yonge Street, (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive), Richmond Hill.

For more information, call 905-780-0491, ext. 115.

Volunteer Tutors Sought

The Adult Literacy Program at St. Christopher House is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, write or perform basic math. Ideal candidates should enjoy working with people and live or work in downtown/west Toronto.

St. Christopher House, located at 248 Ossington Avenue (Dundas St. West), comprises a team of volunteers, participants and staff which develops programs in response to community needs and promotes socio-economic conditions in which individuals and families can thrive.

For more information, call 416-539-9000, or email:

Free Women’s Workshops

The Multicultural Inter Agency Group of Peel is offering free workshops for women from the African and Caribbean communities. The workshops’ objectives are to maintain family relationships, provide safety and self-support tips, improve life skills and build capabilities.

Child care will be provided and light refreshments served. In addition, a draw on participant’s names will be held. Limited seating is available.

For more information, call 905-270-6252 or email:

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